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Talking sky : Ojibwe constellations as a reflection of life on the land

Gawboy, Carl author, illustrator

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  • Creator Carl Gawboy and Ron Morton ; illustrations by Carl Gawboy
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Duluth, MN : Rockflower Press, [2014] ©2014
  • Physical Details
    • 108 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781938241000, 1938241002
  • OCLC ocn882577495


  • Stories of the constellations in the night sky of the Ojibwe tell of the stars and the seasons, the Ojibwe traditions, religion, science, and day to day living. Pictographs by the northern peoples connect the sky to the land through stories.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 98-101) and index.


  • Prologue: Mother Earth, Father Sky -- Dagwaagin (Fall) and the Mooz (Moose) -- Biboon (Winter) and the Wintermaker -- Ziigwan (Spring) and Mishi Bizhiw (Great Panther) -- Niibin (Summer) and Nanaboujou -- Niibin (Summer) and Ojiig (Fisher) -- Niibin (Summer) and the Triangle -- The Sweat Lodge, Exhausted Bather, and Sweat Lodge Stones -- Pauguk (Flying Skeleton), Ajiijaak (Crane), and Maang (Loon) -- Jiibay Ziibi (River of Souls--Milky Way) -- Maingan Mikan (Wolf Trail) and the Wandering Wolves -- Gwiingwa (Shooting Star, Meteor) and the Great Migration -- Epilogue: Lost Knowledge
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